by Melanie Jongsma, Publisher
LANSING, Ill. (November 28, 2022) – The Lansing Journal’s version of Giving Tuesday (November 29 this year) is Giving NEWSday. We want you to know three things about the gifts you give today.
1. You’re giving news to real people
Yesterday you read about Mildred, an elderly woman on a fixed income who sent me $2 to pay for her newspaper. There are other people you help when you give to The Lansing Journal:
- A woman who lives a block from the street I grew up on used to mail a check to The Lansing Journal every other month. Her last check included a note telling me she couldn’t give anymore because she would be moving into Assisted Living. I replied with a note thanking her for her years of support, expressing sympathy for this big change she was facing, and reassuring her that she could continue to receive the Daily News email wherever she was living. Your gifts make that possible.
- I’ve spoken with veterans who appreciate having a local newspaper cover Lansing’s Veterans Day Services, Memorial Day Services, special memorial tributes, and Honor Flight escort activities. Some of these men and women help support that coverage, others can’t, but all are grateful. Your gifts help fill the gap and sustain the coverage.
- I received a message from a reader who opens the Daily News email every day and clicks on about 60% of the articles. “I appreciate your dedication to Lansing, and your skillful journalism,” he wrote. “I am not in a financial position where I can offer much but my heartfelt thanks.” Your gifts deliver the news to him, and he is grateful.
These are real people who love The Lansing Journal because it keeps them informed and connected. Gifts from caring people like you reach them.
2. People act on the news you’re giving them
Our readers have told us that articles in The Lansing Journal have led them to:
- Attend Fox Pointe concerts
- Try a new restaurant
- Send a sympathy card after reading an obituary
- Research candidates before Election Day
- Donate clothing to the Community Closet
- Show up at a meeting
- Change their recycling habits
- Organize a block party
- Buy a dog park membership
- Welcome a veteran home
- Email their trustees
- Shop local
Having a local newspaper means that people know what’s going on in town and can decide what to do about it. Your gifts provide the information that makes connection possible.
3. All those connections help build community
Community. That’s really what you’re supporting on Giving NEWSday. You’re giving news that builds community. You can sense the pride and excitement in the notes I receive from readers — just look at all the exclamation points!
Thanks for my “daily lift”! I learn something new every day — and we’ve lived in Lansing 46 years!
Great update on all the new businesses coming to town and others moving to new locations. This answers lots of questions residents have been wondering about.
Thanks for making Lansing a little more special for having their own newspaper! I love keeping up with the news and activities happening around town!
We look forward to reading The Lansing Journal online every morning, especially when we are out of the area. It helps keep us connected.
Amazing information, Lansing is awesome!!!!!
Love what you are doing for our community! Your coverage of Lansing and the surrounding area is always outstanding! I hope everyone is able to continue to keep the Journal coming! Thank you for all you do!!
Real people. Local connection. Community pride.
Today is Giving NEWSday. We want to keep Giving NEWS. And we’re asking for your help. Will you use the form below to give what you can for yourself, or for a neighbor who can’t afford it?
Giving NEWSday 2022
P.S. If you are able to keep that “monthly” box checked, we would sure appreciate it. That kind of sustained giving helps ensure that we can give news on Giving NEWSday and every day!